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Hope and Suffering

I want to take a moment to write a different kind of blog post. If you’ve looked at my website or my blog posts, you have probably noticed that I place a lot of value in research and science and facts. It is important to me that my clients get proven, evidence-based treatments that will make the most of their time and money. But talking about research and “evidence-based treatments” can all feel really cold and remote. Today, I’d like to talk about a topic that very much has to do with emotions and connection: hope.

We humans can bear just about any burden, so long as we believe it has an end. In other words, so long as there is hope, we can endure. It is hopelessness, in fact, which is such a huge warning sign of potential suicide; hopelessness is often the final straw for people who decide to take their lives.

As a therapist, I can’t guarantee a lot of things, but there is one thing I do want to promise you: you will not be in alone in your struggles when I work with you. And I will not give up, either. So long as you and I have hope of improvement, we will keep working. If there are times when your burden is so heavy, so all-consuming that you can’t see the hope, I will carry it for you.

Your suffering is real and I want you to have the hope that it doesn’t have to be permanent. You can feel better. We will work together to improve your situation.

Are you ready to find some hope? Give me a call at (816) 226-4678. I reserve appointment times most days so that I can see people quickly. I have daytime, evening, and Saturday office hours. And if you don’t live near Kansas City, I can meet with you through HIPAA-compliant video conferencing as long as you live in Kansas or Missouri.

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